As a child, I had dreams of curing cancer or becoming a neurosurgeon but after finally graduating from The University of Sheffield with a Biomedical Science degree the thought of spending the rest of my life in a white lab coat surrounded by petri dishes and pushing through 4 more years of studying didn't seem all that appealing.
Why was the idea of curing cancer or becoming a neurosurgeon once so appealing to me? As clichéd as it may seem, I wanted to help people, be challenged and I liked the problem-solving aspects of both careers. What was missing for me in following the science career route, however, was the human interaction. After some exploration of options, I found myself looking seriously into a career in Human Resources. A function where people are the focus and those key elements I was looking for in my career are critical to the day to day.
I was drawn to AB World Foods and the wider ABF business mainly because of the developmental opportunities, the culture, and our values.
Since joining AB World Foods I have learnt so much and no two days are the same. I support UK Commercial and have been involved in a number of projects; most notably being part of creating the HR Graduate Scheme. I have been able to draw on all my experiences such as end to end recruitment, inductions and on-boarding, succession planning, reward, talent management, employee engagement, learning and development, employee relations, and many more to ensure that the graduate scheme is enriching, challenging, and most of all fun!
From my first day at AB World Foods I have been given real responsibility and accountability and as a result my learning curve has been steep. I have been given the opportunity to go on Diversity (Unconscious Bias) training, Winning Management Skills, and I have started my Level 7 CIPD.
I can honestly say that a career in Human Resources is a truly fulfilling one and a career choice that I’m very glad I made!